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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Aug 17, 2012 12:27am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Are the pre-1962 episodes of "The Larkins" safe to upload?

How about the pre-1962 episodes of "The Rag Trade"?

How about the pre-1962 episodes of "The Arthur Haynes Show"?

How about the pre-1962 episodes of "Citizen James"

How about the pre-1962 episodes of "Emergency – Ward 10"

Would these be OK to upload? I plan to get them on DVD soon, and I am curious if they are OK to upload or not.

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Poster: nwatna Date: Aug 18, 2012 7:06pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are the pre-1962 episodes of 'The Larkins' safe to upload?

I believe British copyright expires after 50-years, so anything British that's over 50-years old should be safe to upload.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 18, 2012 9:19pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are the pre-1962 episodes of 'The Larkins' safe to upload?

But would they be p.d. in the U.S.A.?

Video-Cellar wrote:

The law in operation on The Internet Archive is US law. For a film to
be appropriate for posting on the Internet Archive it needs to be
Public Domain in the USA.

US law does not contain a specific "rule of the shorter term" for
foreign works it protects (ie foreign works that were not PD in their
source country, or otherwise ineligible for GATT/URAA restoration) So,
protected foreign works will remain in copyright in the US for the
full term regardless to their status in their source country.


http://archive.org/post/256448/question

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Aug 18, 2012 9:27pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are the pre-1962 episodes of 'The Larkins' safe to upload?

So wait.....a 1950s/early 1960s Television work can be public domain in the country of origin, lack a copyright notice, never registered for copyright anywhere in the world, yet still be considered under copyright in the US? Surely that can't be right.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2012-08-19 04:27:55

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 18, 2012 9:48pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are the pre-1962 episodes of 'The Larkins' safe to upload?

What you said can't be right.

What Video-Cellar said may be right.

If I understand him, he is saying that works "not PD in their source country", i.e., works under copyright in their source country, when GATT went into effect are protected by copyright in the U.S.A.

"So, protected foreign works will remain in copyright in the US for the full term regardless to their status in their source country."

Their copyrights will expire when the copyright of a US work released in the same year would expire; at least, that's my interpretation.

Video-Cellar has posted recently in the Feature Films forum; you may want to ask your question there.


This post was modified by Moongleam on 2012-08-19 04:48:33

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Aug 18, 2012 7:39pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are the pre-1962 episodes of 'The Larkins' safe to upload?

Thank you for replying.

So that applies with *all* British TV, then?

My major concern is whether it would be OK to use an "official" DVD release as a source for uploads of a public domain series.